North Carolina Aquarium At Fort Fisher, Kure Beach

(4.4/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
At North Carolina Aquarium At Fort Fisher you'll discover the marine life of the Cape Fear region. Touch sharks and sea urchins and meet a loggerhead sea turtle. In the freshwater life gallery that showcases streams, ponds, swamps, and trees, explore the world of freshwater fish, reptiles, and mammals. See box turtles, catfish, snakes, and even albino alligators. In the coastal waters gallery, you'll learn about the animals that live in the surf zone; then move through to the open oceans gallery for an education about animals that live farther off-shore such as octopus and jellyfish. Talk to the scuba divers as they swim with rays and observe the feeding of sturgeon, turtles, stingrays, and sharks. Use our Kure Beach tour planner to arrange your visit to North Carolina Aquarium At Fort Fisher and other attractions in Kure Beach.
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  • This was a spur of the moment thing to do seeing how it was to cold to be on the beach, it was really nice. I enjoyed being able to touch the sting rays and the sharks. Great place to take kids. It ha...  more »
  • Have been to way bigger aquariums but this place was nice. Exhibits were very nice and informative. The indoor/outdoor area in the beginning was amazing great tanks and a bald eagle. A very nice aquar...  more »
  • We visited on a school day, so it was less crowded than weekends or summer. Good displays of local fishes and many ocean dwellers. The aquarium is easy to walk both indoors and out.  more »
  • Nice visit on a Monday - September flowers in the garden walk to the butterfly house was excellent - many interesting plants. Dinosaur walk has moving dinosaurs - one even sprays water at you - so be warned. The inside is spacious and thoughtful layout of species makes for a casual stroll around. Beautiful fish, they seem to have the best of the best species on display. I'd give it a 5 but a lot of displays are kid focused and not educational to an adult.
  • My friend and I travel all over to visit aquariums and zoos, so with that in mind...this one is just ok. It's not terribly expensive for a day out near the beach with the family. It is clean and nicely kept. There just aren't really any outstanding exhibits that make me want to go back. They have most of the standard things, at standard quality. I'm glad I went, and I had an overall good experience, but it's not anything special as far as aquariums go. It's also pretty small, and doesn't take too long to see everything in detail. If you happen to have time when you're out that way is not a bad activity to see. But if not, I'd probably not go out of your way.
  • I wasn't all that impressed with this Aquarium. There was friendly staffs and there was nothing necessarily wrong with it it just wasn't very elaborate. Perhaps it's because I live in Clearwater Florida and we have several very nice aquariums within a small radius of where I am from. They did have a few cool things there.
  • Great aquarium with hands on exhibits. Fun for the whole family. The on site food is pricey and pretty generic hot dogs, chicken fingers, corn dogs, etc), but is likely requires due to the location. My kids love taking the South Port ferry over to Fort Fisher to goto the aquarium every year.
  • This was the first aquarium I have ever been to, and I wasn't exactly impressed. Great aquarium for children but not for adults. Me and my fiancĂ© went through the whole place in about a half hour.